Meet our staff

All our staff are fully trained to care for children and have ongoing training to update their knowledge and expertise
  • The very best practitioners

    It is very important to us that we employ the best practitioners to care for your children and therefore we follow what we believe to be a very high standard of set procedures when recruiting and employing people. We also have a high standard induction procedure for any new employee working in any area of the nursery. 

    We have our own team of casual call in staff who provide cover for when full time staff attend training, or go on leave, providing consistent care for the children.

    All staff have an enhanced DBS check before they start their employment.

    • Lydia
      Early Years practitioner

      Lydia specialises in Makaton. She is passionate about children’s achievement. Personal interests are “using Makaton in everyday conversations!”


    • Sharon
      Qualified Practitioner

      Sharon is a works in the Ducklings room, her specialism is the under 2’s and is passionate about families and giving babies the best start in life.

      Her personal interests is family time.

    • Sarah
      Early Years Practitioner

      Sarah works in the Ducklings room and is passionate about keeping a safe environment for the children. Personal interests are spending time with family and friends.

    • Rebecca
      Early Years Practitioner

      Rebecca works in the Puddle Ducks room.  She specialises in 5 to thrive and is passionate about ensuring the children are in a happy and safe environment.

      Her personal interests include reading, the gym and camping.

    • Crystal
      Nursery Practitioner

      Hi! Being an Early Years Practitioner in Dinky Ducks is fun and every day is different. Having been at the ‘Surestart’ Centre 15 years ago, I have now returned on a part-time basis. Aside from my role at the nursery, I run Crystal Rose Wellness Centre in Stokes Road and have two grown up sons.

    • Louisa
      Nursery Practitioner

      I have worked in Dinky Ducks since 2018. I enjoy helping the children achieve their next steps and all aspects of their learning. I have three children and in my spare time I like spending it with my family.

    • Kirsty
      Nursery Practitioner

      I have been with the company since 2008. Over the years I have enjoyed being a ‘key-person’ and working closely with children and parents. I have two children and in my spare time I enjoy spending quality time together with them and my husband.

    • Alison
      Team Leader

      I started at Dinky Ducks in 2013 and I am now one of the team leaders in the Puddleduck room. I have worked in both Puddleducks and Ducklings and also in Outaskool and the creche. In my spare time I volunteer as a Silverliner for people who are lonely and live alone. I call and talk to them once a week. I enjoy spending time with my son, having nights in and catching up on our favourite TV programmes.

    • Tash
      Nursery Practitioner

      I have worked at Dinky Ducks for two years now in the Puddleducks room. I have three children and enjoy being creative at home and work.

    • Sasha
      Nursery Practitioner

      I started working at Dinky Ducks in 2018. Since working here I have built my self-confidence tremendously. I enjoy building relationships with the children and helping them accomplish their next steps. In my spare time I enjoy being with friends and family as well as relaxing.

    • Becky
      Nursery Practitioner

      I have been working with Dinky Ducks since 207. I love watching the children grow and helping them develop. Outside of work I enjoy watching films, going to the gym and spending time with my daughter.

    • Holly
      Nursery Practitioner

      I have worked at Dinky Ducks since 2017. I really enjoy seeing all the children achieve all their next steps and progress in what they do. Outside of work I spend time with my family. I have two daughters and I play for a womens football team – Gosport Falcons Ladies.

    • Zoe
      Early Years Practitioner

      I started at Dinky Ducks in 2019 and am in the baby room. I am currently studying for my Level 3 qualification. I enjoy reading with the children and communicating with them to develop their learning. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and socialising with friends.

    • Becky
      Team Leader

      I have worked at Dinky Ducks since 2008. I am the Team Leader in the Ducklings room and I am SECO trained. I am passionate about helping the children to achieve their best in their learning and development. I enjoy spending my spare time with my grandson.

    • Tiffany
      Early Years Practitioner

      I have worked at Dinky Ducks in the Ducklings since May 2019. I enjoy helping and encouraging the children to achieve their next steps. I like to provide new experiences for the children to develop their learning whist having fun. Outside of work I love to spend quality time with family on day trips or seeing friends.

    • Vicki
      Early Years Practitioner

      I have worked in Ducklings for over five years and I enjoy singing time, stories and using makaton with the children and colleagues. Out of work I enjoy spending time with my children, family and friends.

    • Lauren K
      Early Years Manager

      I have worked for the company since 2010 – starting at Dinky Ducks in the Ducklings room. I have recently come back to co-manage Dinky Ducks. I completed my F.D in 2018 with Distinction and believe this has helped me to be able to fullfil this new role. I am passionate about building positive parent partnerships and working together to give children the best opportunities. Outside of work I enjoy watching football with my grandad.

    • Lauren E
      Early Years Manager

      I started working in Dinky Ducks in 2008 as a practitioner in the Ducklings room. I became the baby room team leader in 2011 before moving into a different area of the company in 2017. I came back to co-manage the nursery in 2019 after completing my degree and training in supporting the emotional health of the under fives. I am passionate about parent partnership in the setting and valuing each and every child for the unique character they are.

    • Katie
      Deputy Early Years Manager

      Katie is the Deputy Early Years Manager for Dinky Ducks and SENCO and has a BA in childhood studies. She works in the Puddle Ducks room and occasionally in the office.  Katie specialises in SEND and is passionate about school readiness, SEND and inclusion.

      Her personal interests are socialising, eating, exploring and travelling.

    • Charlotte
      Team Leader

      Charlotte is an Early Years Teacher and the Team Leader in the Puddle Ducks room, she specialises in emotional well-being and school transition. She is passionate about supporting children’s emotional health. Personal interests are playing the piano and baking.

    • Sarah A
      Early Years Practitioner

      Bio to follow…

  • Oaktree Family Group prides itself on being an employer of choice.

    If you are interested in working for us please do not hesitate to contact us and we will let you know if we have any vacancies which would be suitable for you to apply for.